The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan attacks that can be construed as campaign-related. In June, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), a government watchdog group, found that Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway violated the law by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.” They called on President Donald Trump to fire Conway.
“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law,” the OSC said in a statement.
In response to the report, the House Oversight Committee plans a vote Wednesday on whether to subpoena Conway for her alleged breach of federal protocol.
Trump himself has vowed to defy congressional oversight, and the White House has called the OSC report politically motivated.
On CNN Monday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explained the significance of the law and why Congress should investigate whether Conway should be let go.
“It’s a very old law that says government officials in the executive branch can’t campaign,” Toobin explained. He added that although praising the president is fine, more explicit partisan attacks on his opponents violate the Hatch Act.
“But the more explicit involvement in partisan politics is forbidden,” Toobin explained.
He added that while it’s not a criminal offense, there should be repercussions for breaking the rule. “The OSC can recommend someone be fired. That’s what’s been done,” Toobin said.
CNN went to the heartland — and found voters who love AOC and The Squad: ‘The best thing ever’
CNN's Van Jones traveled this week to speak with a panel of Pennsylvania voters about the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe has the perfect answer for Trump’s claim America can’t be criticized
As President Donald Trump continued his racist targeting of four women of color in Congress, he attempted to excuse his racism by claiming it was justified as the lawmakers had criticized America.
“I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I am the president,” Trump threatened.
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe was asked about her take on patriotism during an interview with CNN's Van Jones that aired Saturday evening.
"I think I’m super patriotic. I do consider myself extremely patriotic," Rapinoe said.
"I think, like, we love in America to talk about, you know, how good we are, and how like we want to save the world, and always intervening in places because they’re not doing it right. Meanwhile, at home, we’re not even doing that oftentimes for our own people," she explained.
CNN’s Republican anchor rips GOP for allowing Trump’s racism: ‘What a load of crap’
CNN anchor S.E. Cupp on Saturday blasted the Republican Party for enabling President Donald Trump's racism.
"Welcome to 'Unfiltered,' in what might be the ugliest week of his presidency so far, Donald Trump went from dipping a toe in the pool of white nationalism to bathing in it," Cupp declared.
First, there was the racist tweetstorm he told four women of color, elected representatives no less -- to go back to their own countries. Then his followers took his cues and responded, chanting “Send her back” about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a rally in North Carolina," she reported.